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One of Europe’s biggest operators Unibet have taken a major step towards expansion in the UK after they announced a deal last week to purchase the digital business of Stan James for £19m. The completion of the purchase is expected to happen in the second Q3 2015 with the total cash being paid in full.

Not included in the deal are the 90 stores that Stan James has across the UK, it is only for the digital arm of the business. Based in Gibraltar, all Stan James employees there will simply switch over to Unibet when the deal is approved.

It was reported last September that Stan James were in discussions with a potential purchasers, and Unibet have made no secret that they wanted an acquisition to land a heavier presence in the UK.

CEO Henrik Tjärnström said he was confident the acquisition would add significant value to the Group and help the company strengthen its position in the UK sports betting market.

“Stan James as an operator is one of the most well-respected in the UK market with particular strengths in horse-racing and other British sports,” he said.

“Over time we see a significant potential to increase the breadth of the Stan James product range, such as live streaming, casino and improving the mobile offering,” Tjärnström added.

Stan James figures show that they took £10.5m in gross winnings revenue for the five months ended 31 May 2015.

“There is a substantial market opportunity in the UK following the re-regulation,” Denis Kelly, CEO of Stan James Online, said.

“Through the combination of Unibet expertise in marketing and financial strength, together with Stan James’ high quality sports and racing betting offering aimed at the UK, I am confident that we can increase substantially the combined Group’s market share in the UK,” he added.

11th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Sports Betting

Get a free £5 in play bet from online betting site Stan James for this week’s St Jude Classic. Just get a minimum of £20 down as a win single or a £10 each way punt on the outright in-play market on Thursday, and the bookmaker will give your a free £5 bet to use in-play on Friday! A fantastic deal to be snapped up for your St Jude Classic betting.

Dustin Johnson is running as 11/2 heavy favourite to land a win on the PGA Tour this week. He won the St Jude back in 2012 and has been ticking along in decent steady form this season, having won once in 2015 at the WGC Cadillac. He is the only man in single figures for this week’s FedEx St Jude Classic golf betting, with the nearest challenger being Phil Mickelson all the way back at 16/1.

So there is some big value around this week, with Webb Simpson and Billy Horschel tracking behind the quote of 18/1 while Ryan Palmer sits at 20/1, and everyone else 22/1 bar. You are going to be better off again looking at the top ten finish market where is there is more realistic value on offer for your golf betting. 2013 winner Harris English is running at 22/1 to get back on top twelve months later.

The Stan James offer above does lend some great value to Thursday, as you can just watch some of the first round and see who gets off to a solid start and then play an each way wager live in-play.

Online betting site Boylesports are offering some insurance on your St Jude Classic betting markets this week, because you will get your lost stake refunded on the outright winner market if your selection finishes second or third at the event. This applies to tied finishes as well, so offers some great coverage and the maximum refund is £50. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can earn up to £50 worth of free bets when registering.

There is some great coverage also over at online betting site Coral, who offer a free bet back if a 2/3 Ball fourfold loses by one leg. So play a 2 or 3 ball acca with them on any US PGA or European PGA tournament and if just one of the players in your bet lets you down, Coral will refund your stake as a free bet up to the value of £25.

9th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

It is off to The Players this week for your PGA Tour golf betting and it is Rory McIlroy who heading up the field. He responded to all the Jordan Spieth hype by becoming just the second player ever to win the WGC Cadillac Match Play going as number one seed.

So McIlroy looks back in the groove heading to the Players at 7/1 favourite with online betting site Stan James. McIlroy has landed top ten finishes in his last two outings at the Players as well, and with a solid T4 at the Masters and then his Match Play win, he looks the man to beat again.

But the bookmakers haven’t ignored Masters champion Jordan Spieth of course, who is 8/1 with Stan James for the TPC Sawgrass challenge this week. He was tied for fourth here last year in what was his debut at the event. Didn’t perform at the WGC Match Play, but then again, it simply means that he will have had more rest and prep time to get back to business this week. Behind those two short priced options, you are looking around the 18/1 mark for Henrik Stenson who is in a nice bit of form. He has carded three top five finish in his last four tournaments and was a winner at TPC Sawgrass in 2009.

Decent looking value on Stenson for sure, who is even 4/1 for a top five finish this week. Justin Rose is just coming in under 20’s for The Players golf betting this week and like Stenson is carrying some solid form, and was a winner on the Tour a couple of weeks ago, which followed his second place finish at the Masters. He has his eye in at the moment and put in a best ever Players finish of a T4 last season. Could go close and has appeal at 2/1 in the top ten finish market.

With the power duo of Spieth and McIlroy knocking around at the head of the market then you are going to be best served by taking a look at the Top 5 and Top 10 finish markets at Stan James, where there is sensible value in the likes of Jim Furyk, Jason Day and Matt Kuchar.

Online betting site Stan James has a huge free bet promotion running for THE PLAYERS golf betting. Place a £20 outright, to a £10 each way wager on the outright winner market in-play on Thursday, and Stan James will give you a free £5 bet to use on Friday’s action!

Stan James are also offering insurance for your golf betting acca! Simply place a 2/3 ball accumulator on 4 or more selections, and if you miss by one they will refund your stake as a free bet.

6th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Premier League Betting

Aston Villa v Arsenal Betting Preview

Can the Villains keep their fantastic start to the season going? Punters may be eying up the chance of them doing so on Saturday, as Arsenal have had a long week. However, it is the Gunners with all of the form in the head to head and they go as favourites at Stan James

There is a great free £5 bet available at online betting site Stan James this week. Place a minimum £5 treble on the under over 2.5 goals market on any Premier League games this weekend and the bookie will credit you with a free bet, regardless of whether your original bet wins or loses.

Aston Villa v Arsenal Betting Tips

All credit due to Aston Villa and boss Paul Lambert. They produced hard work and organisation in spades last weekend when they took a shock 1-0 win at Anfield over Liverpool. The impressive thing was, they really didn’t give Liverpool much of a sniff of goal. With just one goal conceded all season, can the Villains now keep Arsenal at bay? It’s a tough sequence of games for Villa, but they certainly have confidence on their side and that could count for a lot.

Remarkably Villa have picked up 10 points this season from just six shots on target this term. That is a league low amount of shots. It goes to show the strength of their defensive organisation at the moment. Can they keep it going? Will punters be tempted to back Villa to win to nil in this one? Last season they lost ten of their 19 home games, but with a draw against Newcastle and a win over Hull at Villa Park, they have started off on the positive foot. Of course, this is a step up in quality of opposition though.

Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet this season in the Premier League, and after conceding a late equaliser against Man City last weekend, followed by a poor defeat at Borussia Dortmund in midweek, then the Gunners are a side still looking to hit their stride. They haven’t been at their best this season at all, not quite clicking. Danny Welbeck will be the focus of attention, and while he was wasteful against Dortmund, he has scored three goals in his last two Premier League matches against Aston Villa, so could be value to strike in the anytime goalscorer market.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League trips to Villa Park and the Gunners have won eight of those. They have conceded five more shots on target that Villa have done this season and they have conceded a headed goal in each of their four games this season. The problems that Villa defender Philippe Senderos caused Liverpool, then the Arsenal goal could again be under threat. It’s been three games without a win now for Arsene Wenger’s men. Can they turn the tide?

Aston Villa v Arsenal Betting Odds

Arsenal 17/20, Draw 5/2, Aston Villa 4/1

Aston Villa v Arsenal Predictions

A great match for Villa to test themselves in. Arsenal aren’t looking fluid and the home side will fancy their chances of getting at least a point on the board. They are the more confident of the two sides, and there could be some value in backing Villa to avoid defeat in a Villa – Draw Double Chance.

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19th September 2014 / Lee - Category: Premier League Betting

Stan James

The PGA Tour season winds to a dramatic close with the Tour Championship. The top thirty left in the FedEx Cup are duking out to claim what is golf’s richest prize. Every player in the thirty has a chance of lifting the Tour Championship title, as well as winning the FedEx Cup, but naturally some holder a stronger hand.

Rory McIlroy is a 5/1 shot to land the Tour Championship and he has a reasonable shot of winning the FedEx Cup with a second place finish, guaranteed to win it, if he wins Tour Championship. McIlroy, along with Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan are the only ones in the field with their destinies completely in their own hands, should they win the Tour Championship.

The rest of the field will need to win and have other scenarios fall into place to capture both of the rich prizes. Chris Kirk made the most of the start at East Lake, carding a -4 in the first round, matched in top spot by Billy Horschel to put themselves in prime position to go on and lift the FedEx Cup as well. Watson is in the mix with -3 under, while McIlroy will have some work to to do after posting a round of -1 under.

There is so much at stake in this end of season action, that you can stay glued to it with live in-play betting at online bookmaker Stan James. The bookie is offering a great free bet promotion for the tournament as well. Place a bet through a mobile or tablet device with them, at a minimum of £20 (or £10 each way) on the Tour Championship in-play outright market, and they will give you a free £5 in-play bet to enjoy!

12th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Stan James

There is an action packed weekend of International football betting on the cards, and online betting site Stan James are giving away free £5 bets to their customers for the action.

Sunday kicks off the heavy action, and three of the home nations are in action, as Scotland head to Germany, Northern Ireland head out to Hungary and the Republic of Ireland take on Georgia. Then comes England’s turn on Monday as they face Switzerland, while Wales wait until Tuesday to kick off their campaign against minnows Andorra.

Place a £5 treble/acca with online betting site Stan James on the over/under 2.5 goals market for any of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualification matches, and the bookmaker will give you a free £5 bet back, regardless of whether or not your qualifying bet actually wins.

The free £5 bet can then be used for Monday’s action. If you are not a customer with Stan James, then you can go and sign up with them and get a free £10 bet on your account for doing so.

6th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Euro 2016 Betting

Wales v Andorra Betting Preview

The Welsh will be looking to get off to a big start here as they face off against the group minnows Andorra. Wales Boss Chris Coleman has the ideal start to build up some confidence for the rest of the qualifying campaign, as they have been lumped in a pretty tough group alongside Bosnia-Hercegovina and Belgium. This will be the first meeting between the two sides and Wales are heavy odds on 1/8 favourites with online bookmaker Stan James.

Big international football weekend and online betting site Stan James are giving away free £5 bets. Place a £5 treble/acca on the over/under 2.5 goals market for Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifiers, and the bookmaker will give you a free £5 bet regardless of whether you bet wins or loses.

Wales v Andorra Betting Tips

This should be a pretty routine game for Wales to navigate their way through. There has been talk of a golden generation of Welsh football at the moment, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey in the mix. The last times Wales were out in action was at the start of June when they suffered a 2-0 loss against Holland. But prior to that they had stitched together a four match unbeaten run, which included a win over Macedonia and a draw against Belgium in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers. Wales have conceded in each of their last four games played though, but surely against Andorra they should be able to rack up a clean sheet.

Wales are priced up at 8/15 to win to nil, which shows the high probability of it happening. The big options in the anytime goalscorer market are going to be Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, who really have to be at the centre of the Welsh drive. They will be playing this on a 3G artificial pitch, which has been cleared for action by FIFA. Coleman has said Bale will play if he is fit, despite concerns over the surface. Wales have to push forward for goals as goal difference in the group could well come into play down the line, with everyone expected to whip Andorra.

Andorra are on a five match losing streak, not having scored in any of those games. They last avoided defeat in a 1-1 friendly draw against Moldova last year. But in their five games since then, they have conceded at least two goals in each of their defeats. Even seeing them get a point on the board in their Euro 2016 qualifying group is going to be a pretty big stretch. Wales really have to put them to the sword.

Wales v Andorra Betting Odds

Wales 1/8, Draw 8/1, Andorra 16/1

Wales v Andorra Predictions

There is little doubt about the probable outcome in this one. Wales should get a comfortable ride in this one and get the chance to run up a few goals. The closest that you can get to decent value in backing the Welsh is a Wales/Wales Half Time/Full Time wager for 1/2, which isn’t bad at all. At slightly better value is the 2nd Half being the highest scoring at even money with Stan James, when the Andorra side predictably start to tire.

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5th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

Northern Ireland v Hungary Betting Preview

Despite being one of the underdogs of Group F in Euro 2016 qualifying, there is a chance that Northern Ireland could scrap and battle their way to a top three berth. It all starts on Sunday for Michael O’Neill’s men. There’s a tough battle ahead, but they have to target a place at France 2016. However, they have never beaten the Hungarians.

So no surprise that the Irish are big 6/1 underdogs for the game, leaving Hungary as 1/2 favourites with online betting site Stan James. The bookmaker is giving away free £5 bets this weekend. Place a £5 treble/acca on the under/over 2.5 goals market for Euro 2016 qualifying matches on Sunday, and regardless of whether your bet wins or loses, you will get a free £5 bet to use on Monday.

Northern Ireland v Hungary Betting Tips

It isn’t the most glamorous group that lies ahead for Northern Ireland, as they will battle with Greece, Romania, Finland, the Faroe Islands and the Hungarians for a top three spot. Northern Ireland really need to build on some fairly solid performances in the summer where they lost 2-0 against Uruguay and 1-0 against Chile. Yes, they were defeats, but O’Neill’s men put in some good performances which hints at growing potential. The problem always for the Irish is going to be putting the ball in the back of the net. They failed to score in five of their nine matches played during the 2013/14 season.

Northern Ireland managed to pick up just the one win in that sequence of games, a shock 1-0 home win over Russia. They have lost five and drawn two of their last seven away from home and have scored just the one goal in their last six away games. So could they at least dig in for a point? They have been level at half time in each of their last eight games, so it could be worth selecting a Draw in the Half Time market for a price of even money. The win for the Irish over the 90 minutes does look a stretch, particularly on the road. They have also lost both of their previous matches played against Hungary.

If the other two meetings are anything to go by, which were in the 1990 World Cup qualifiers, Hungary should win a low scoring game. Could be worth backing the home side to win by a 1 goal margin for a price of 9/4 with online bookmaker Stan James. Hungary missed out on a World cup spot, and three were involved in some high scoring games. Seven of their 10 World Cup 2014 qualifying matches went over 2.5 goals,  including five goal hauls against Andorra and Estonia, and 8-1 and 4-1 defeats against Holland. They scored, but weren’t great at the back. Still, they will be confident of keeping a low scoring nation like Northern Ireland at bay at the Ferenc Szusza Stadium.

Northern Ireland v Hungary Betting Odds

Hungary 1/2, Draw 3/1, Northern Ireland 6/1

Northern Ireland v Hungary Predictions

Unfortunately, for all their determination, organisation and hard work, it is hard to see Northern Ireland creating much in the final third. They are resilient though, but Hungary should get the job in the end, so look for a Draw – Hungary Half Time/Full Time result for a nice price of 3/1

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5th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Football Betting

MK Dons v Manchester United Betting Preview

This should be interesting. It hasn’t been the most convincing of starts to competitive action from Louis van Gaal with the Red Devils, so are they facing a bit of a banana skin in this one on the road? We probably won’t be seeing the strongest United side and the Dons could be eying up a major giant killing act.

MK Dons v Manchester United Betting Tips

This is the first ever meeting between the two sides, as League One side MK Dons get the chance at the Stadium MK to claim a big scalp. The Dons are sitting seventh in League One after a W2 D1 L1 record to open the season with and they put out rivals AFC Wimbledon in the first round to get their shot at United. There have been plenty of goals coming from the Dons this season, ten so far in their five games played this term. They could only managed a home 0-0 draw against Coventry in the league on the weekend though. Maybe they had one eye on this big contest?

Out of their previous six clashes with Premier League sides in the League Cup, the MK Dons have won two and lost four. They have some decent options like Will Grigg and Benik Afobe (on loan from Arsenal) at 4/1 and Tom Hitchcock at 5/1 to find a goal in the game. That is the only three out and out strikers they have on their books though. But Karl Robinson’s men won’t be afraid to have a go at this one and it could just be worth backing the game to go over 2.5 goals for a bit of excitement, because it’s unlikely that United will be completely at full strength.

Manchester United, with a defeat against Swansea and a draw at Sunderland haven’t made the most auspicious starts to the new season. But they may be able to cut loose here. The last time that they played in the second round of the league cup was all the way back in 1995, which shows how long they have been at the top in England (teams involved in Europe don’t come in until later). Incidentally, United lost that tie 4-3 on aggregate against York. However, the Red Devils have posted wins in five of their last six clashes with opposition from a lower division.

MK Dons v Manchester United Betting Odds

Manchester United 1/3, Draw 4/1, MK Dons 7/1

Grab some money back insurance on the first goalscorer market from online betting site Stan James on any televised English or Scottish match. If your backed selection scores the second goal of the game but not the first, then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet. New customers can get a free £10 bet as welcome bonus too from the book.

MK Dons v Manchester United Predictions

The romantics of cup action will be thinking that the MK Dons are going to be worth having a punt on. They probably aren’t as there is still a big gulf in class between the two sides, no matter what kind of shape United are in. Wouldn’t expect anything other than a United win, but it might be worth having a shot at both teams to score for 4/6 too.

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25th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Stan James

Welcome to the new Premier League football betting season. The anticipation is over and it is now down to business again. Online betting site Stan James are celebrating the start of the new season with a free £5 bet offer for their customers on the Premier League both teams to score markets this weekend.

Manchester United open their new season under boss Louis van Gaal with a comfortable looking home match against Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday. Will it be the perfect start for the Dutchman as he aims to lift the Red Devils to the top again? Arsenal, with confidence after FA Cup and Community Shield wins, plus the big signings of Alexis Sanchez in the summer, also start their campaign on Saturday as they host the manager-less Crystal Palace at the Emirates.

Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City kick off their respective campaigns on Sunday, with the Reds hosting Southampton at Anfield, and the Citizens taking a trip across country to St James’ Park to face Newcastle. This year’s favourites to win the premier League, Chelsea, open their account on Monday night with a game against newly promoted Burnley.

Place a £5 treble/acca on the Both Teams To Score market on Premier League matches across this weekend with the bookmaker and Stan James will give you back a free £5 bet, regardless of whether your original bet wins or loses! The bookie is also running first goalscorer insurance on all matches, refunding lost first goalscorer stakes if the selection you back scored second in a match instead of first.

16th August 2014 / Lee - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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